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Name: Sarah Finnis

Burial Number: 1301

Gender: Female

Occupation: Domestic Servant; Dressmaker;

Born: 00/3/1854

Died: 07/07/1927

Buried: 12/07/1927

Rebecca Kent

George Finnis

Family No: 0570


Sarah Fanny Finnis was born in Depwade in Norfolk to George Finnis of Worthing and Rebecca Kent of Norfolk, and was baptised on 5 March 1854 in Starston, Norfolk. Her father’s occupation was a policeman.

Sarah’s parents met in Worthing when Mother Rebecca was working as a Housemaid to a family close to where George lived. Her parents married in 1852 and had a daughter Millicent later that year. Sarah was born in Depwade Norfolk in her mother’s hometown two years later in 1854.

The following year her grandfather died in 1855 and by 1861 the census records shows that the family had settled in Westminster London at 34 Ponsonby Place, Westminster, where her father George was a police constable for the metropolitan police. Sarah had another 6 siblings born to her parents in London, Henry 1856, Caroline 1858, Emily 1860, Mary Ann 1862 who dies the following year. Eliza 1864, and Mary 1868

Sarah takes a post as a domestic servant at Eltham House in Eltham, Kent. There are no census records found for Sarah until 1901 where she returns unmarried to live with her parents and sister Eliza at 12 Thorn Road, Worthing at the age of 47 years where both Sarah and her sister Eliza are dressmakers. Her father has retired from the Metropolitan Police and is working as a boatman at the age of 73.

Her sister Eliza dies later that year in 1901 of Septicaemia from a stomach ulcer and was buried at Heene cemetery.

Her mother dies in 1908 and Sarah has remained unmarried and living with her father George at 25 Thorn Road in 1911, still working as a dressmaker, her father has retired.

George her father dies in 1914

Sarah being the last remaining immediate family in Worthing dies at the age of 73 in Worthing in 1927 and is laid to rest with her father in Heene Cemetery. Mother Rebecca is buried close by. Sisters, Eliza Finnis and Millicent Burden and husband George Burden are also buried very close by to Sarah and her parents.

Researcher: Gail Warner-Clarkson

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Sarah Finnis

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 2 Plot: 34

Exact Location (what3words): deeply.term.fence

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of George Finnis died 8th Sep 1914 aged 86 "Until the day break" Also of Sarah Finnis died 7th July 1927 aged 73 years.

Further Information


Name: Sarah Fanny Finnis

Gender: Female

Born: 00/3/1854

Town: Depwade

County: Norfolk

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 07/07/1927

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 25

Address line 3: Thorn Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at 34 Ponsonby Place, St Johns E Westminster with parents, George 33 yrs. Police Constable, Rebecca 35 yrs. Millicent 8 yrs. Scholar. Fanny S 7 yrs. Scholar, Henry 5 yrs. Caroline 3 yrs. Emily 1 yr.


Living at Carlton House, Eltham Kent aged 17yrs. Living with the Hunt family with 4 children and two other domestic servants. The head of the house was a wholesale stationer


Living at 12 Thorn Road Worthing with parents George 73 yrs. Boatman, Rebecca 76yrs. Sister Eliza 37 yrs. Dressmaker and Sarah Fanny 47 yrs. Dressmaker


Living at 25 Thorn Road, 57 yrs. Dressmaker her father George 83yrs. Metropolitan Police Pensioner

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.